1994 Ford Fiesta Reviews - Page 8 of 12

1994 Ford Fiesta Equipe 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10

Summary:

Gods gift to us young drivers

Faults:

Engine locked and had to be replaced after the oil pipe burst on the Duel Carridgeway. Rear clusters needed replacing, New Brake Discs and Pads, Power Steering Rack gave in and had to be replaced. Lower skirting on front and rear became chipped and weathered. Gear stick has wooden spoon in porridge effect.

General Comments:

Lovely car. As a young driver I'm forced to give credit where credit is due and say that the Ford Fiesta is the best car I have ever driven. Based on its low insurance costs and its ability to conserve fuel. The Fiesta is a car that I bought in the hope of modding it up a bit, but so far I have pumped money into keeping it alive. However after you get over the enitial tweaks you must do. It's a brilliant car. The Equipe I own has power steering as standard which I found a benefit as I learnt to drive with power steering. It makes the Fiesta a bit more of a joy to drive and nippier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2002

1994 Ford Fiesta Si 1.6 16v Zetec from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Zetec Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

A great looking car that performs well, but has awful bodywork!

Faults:

Rust on sills and wheel-arches.

Lower suspension arms worn to excess.

All shockers leaked and needed replacing.

Heater matrix leaked.

Indicator stalk had bad connection.

Rattles galore, seats, parcel shelf & trim.

Anti - roll bar brackets snapped at rear.

The most annoying thing ever is the intermittent judder as though the engine's not getting fuel properly. I've had it on rolling roads and Bosch diagnosis machines, but it still does it. Unbelievable!!

General Comments:

My example is a really good looking car with the RS spoiler on the back in Mallard green, although it looks purple and blue when the sun catches it right.

The seats are great, really supportive. You don't realise until you drive something without the huge bolsters and you end up with rib-ache!

The engine is pretty swift, 90 bhp and a decent amount of torque. 0 - 60mph comes up in 10.9 seconds, not nine stated in one of the previous reviews.

What amazes me is the fact that it will pull cleanly from 20mph in 4th gear and not labour at all. It will also pull itself up steep hills un-flustered at 1500rpm, 40 mph in 5th gear. You can almost drive it as an auto so long as you stay above 30mph!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2002

14th Aug 2002, 17:30

Had similar judder problem at low revs and high gear. This was finally traced to defective HT leads, which were "tracking " under load. Also this in turn etched tracks onto the plugs, both have to be replaced to fix.

Must be a ford problem as my previous escort 1.8 zetec did the same!

2nd May 2005, 14:48

The Juddering and stalling are problems that won't go away unless urgent attention is undertaken, you want to check general things like Ht leads, spark plugs, as these can cause incorrect engine timing and firing. Futher on if that's not the problem, try checking the TPS (throttle position sensor) its more than likely one of them, its just a pointiometer.

1994 Ford Fiesta Si 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Great looking, extremely comfortable, nippy and not too heavy on the insurance

Faults:

Rusted brake pipes.

Car overheated, fan switch replaced.

Starting to notice a little rust under the arches.

Rear shock absorber worn.

General Comments:

Very quick, good in all gears.

0-60 in about 9 seconds. Max 115 MPH.

Good for both town and motorway driving.

Cool bucket seats which really hold you in well. Nice interior trim too.

Car handles very well for a small car, sticks to the road like glue.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th January, 2002

1994 Ford Fiesta Si 1.6 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50029 miles
Most recent distance58039 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Generally it's a great car to drive

Faults:

Steering rack: 250

Steering column: 100

Two front tyres: 100

Front bushes: Done by Ford

Front control arms: Done by Ford

New shocks all round: 450

Back box needed replacing at 55000

Back arches started to bubble, re-sprayed panels: 300 for both.

General Comments:

The seats are very comfy, the wings on them hold you in good on bends.

The standard stereo is crap, replaced it with a Sony, what a difference.

This car is not known as a boy racer car, but when I decked it with a Koni suspension kit and put on Oz super T's 15 inch and added a pipercross air filter, boy did it start moving. Had it rolling roaded, it came out as 102 BHP from 90 BHP, and the 0-60 time was 8.5 from 10 flat. But the handling was out of this world.

Keep on racing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2001

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 42 reviews